LAURINBURG — Scotland and Panther Creek will kick off under Thursday night lights.
Weather forecasts are predicting rain showers in the Cary area Friday, and because of this threat both schools decided to move the high profile non-conference matchup to Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Scots enter the game with a 5-0 overall record while the Catamounts are 3-2.
Weather.com is predicting a 1oo percent chance of rainfall Friday that is expected to reach half an inch, but the website is only calling for a 20 percent chance of precipitation Thursday night.
Scotland was forced to reschedule two games last season due to the possibility of inclement weather — both matchups were also moved to Thursday after they were originally slated to be played on Friday. The Scots were 1-1 in those contests, losing to Southern Durham 34-28 on Sept. 11, followed by a 40-13 win against Goldsboro on Oct. 2.
Scotland, led by coach Richard Bailey, is coming off a 48-28 victory in Week 5 against New Hanover in Wilmington. The Scots racked up 400 yards by halftime and led 48-7 at the break before resting their starters in the second half.
Panther Creek, coached by Sean Crocker, was defeated 55-27 at home by Middle Creek last Friday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Catamounts, who were knocked off by Wake Forest 48-20 in the first week of the season.
This is the final non-conference game of the year for Scotland — the Scots, along with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, will enjoy a bye next week before returning to the field Oct. 9 against Purnell Swett in Pembroke.
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